Coming Out of the Shadows, Risking Arrest for Their Cause

Protesters staged a rally in North Carolina to call for comprehensive immigration reform. The crowd included students who "came out" as undocumented immigrants. 

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    Protesters hold a rally calling for comprehensive immigration reform and passage of the DREAM Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants to attend public colleges at in-state tuition rates. The DREAM Act also would allow certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to apply for U.S. permanent residency.
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    Santiago Garcia, who began working in North Carolina's blueberry fields at the age of 8 to help his family, was arrested at the rally, but released on Wednesday.
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    Manuel Vazquez (l) and Marco Saavedra (r) publicly reveal the challenges they faced as undocumented college students, before being arrested at the rally on Tuesday. They were later released.
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    Protesters chanted "No papers, no fear -- immigrants are marching here!" They also chanted: "Undocumented, unafraid and unashamed" during the Tuesday rally.
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    Students participate in an immigration protest in North Carolina on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2011.
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    Some of the protesters blocked traffic while chanting "Education, not deportation," at the rally in Charlotte.
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